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churning out the Bewicks
February 13, 2015, 2:43 pm
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I have been printing some Thomas Bewick cards today. I believe in bang for buck so I print on the envelope and I added a beautiful feather as well.

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Tomorrow I am going to print up a storm with the Joseph Crawhall blocks.

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the glorious books I have put together.
February 12, 2015, 1:55 pm
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It’s not enough to have just one book that is amazing I have to have several books all at once I am a book glutton. I am only interested in books as a banquet. I want a feast.

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I wear Barbour jackets so I can cram my pockets with these beauties. These two books are nothing short of astonishing I am going to spend the next few years / decades getting to know them.

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This is one of these print on demands jobs. Hats off to Cambridge University for making these books available again.

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I don’t even have the words to describe what this artist is doing here I only know I like it a lot.



‘When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy tools and materials’
February 12, 2015, 1:42 pm
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Sorry to mangle Erasmus but truth is I buy the clothes from the charity shops and the food is reduced because it’s on the sell buy date!
I eat like a king and I dress like a middle aged woman bookbinder who has an allotment.

I managed to get a little bit of money together over the Christmas period and after much deep thinking about how best to progress my projects I decided to have these blocks made so I can work out how to ‘do’ the blind panel stamping of medieval books.

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It’s coming along.



experiments for endpapers
February 12, 2015, 1:26 pm
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When I was ranting at the poor architectural students in December I was struck with ferocity of my belief about honouring our ideas with the handmade. This for me is tied up with making a handmade book that outlines my ideas about making books and the act of making books.

The handmade book is all about the endpapers. So I have been looking into methods of decorating the endpapers that makes me happy.

These experiments make me grin like the proverbial alsatian.

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